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Simon Burton

Bird in a box, 2011, Oil on board, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Rugby Borough Council, Presented by the artist with assistance from the artist Robert Priseman (2013) ©Simon Burton


Simon Burton, Bird in a box, 2011

Simon Burton (b. 1973) layers his work both physically and subjectively with prominent art historical references. His subjects inhabit liminal spaces that exist somewhere between realism and abstraction, the past and the present. His exploration of painting as a medium interrogates the use of colour, light and texture. What could this lone silhouette of a bird on a bold yet hazy background have meant when the artist painted it? And what does it mean now?